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Celebration of teen's life which was cut short by cancer
6:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A PUB is throwing a party in memory of a Hampshire teenager “adored by all” whose life was cut short by cancer.
Friends and family of Calum Townsend will gather at The New Clock Inn at Fair Oak today to celebrate what would have been the youngster’s 21st birthday.
During a day of fun at the pub, cash will be raised to help a charity that supports young cancer sufferers.
And in a poignant act of remembrance, 21 doves will be released at the graveside of the much-loved former Eastleigh College student.
As previously reported, Calum lost his battle with cancer on April 12 last year, aged just 19.
He had undergone an operation to remove a tumour from the bone in his arm and had intensive chemotherapy, but the cancer spread to his lungs.
It was standing room only as hundreds packed in to St Mary’s Church at Bishopstoke for an emotional funeral.
His loved ones described him as a “headstrong” character who was “adored by all”.
In his earlier years he had joined the Army cadets, won a Duke of Edinburgh‘s award and climbed Mount Snowdon for charity. He passed ten GCSEs, enjoyed socialising, riding his moped and later developed an interest in reptiles and amphibians.
Tonight, those he knew best are holding a birthday party with a raffle, karaoke, disco, face painting and many more activities. Proceeds from the event will be given to Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity is raising money to run a dedicated cancer ward for young people at Southampton General Hospital.
His mum Dawn said: “We are still devastated by the loss of Calum, but it is comforting that friends and relatives are helping to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. He would definitely have had a party for his 21st birthday and this will be a lovely opportunity to celebrate his life.”
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